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`This book is a "must read" for all students of health psychology, and will be of considerable interest and value to others interested in the field. The discipline has not involved itself with the central issues of this book so far, but Radley has now brought this material together in an accessible way, offering important new perspectives, and directions for the discipline. This book goes a long way towards making sense for, and of, health psychology' - Journal of Health Psychology What are people's beliefs about health? What do they do when they feel ill? Why do they go to the doctor? How do they live with chronic disease? This introduction to the social psychology of health and illness addresses these and ot

Recognizing Symptoms and Falling Ill
Recognizing symptoms and falling ill

When is one ill? If you feel unwell, how do you decide if you are really a sick person? How do you know when you should go to the doctor?

Immediate responses to these questions will probably depend upon the kind of illness the reader has in mind, and the point at which the symptoms are considered. For example, waking up with a thumping headache, dry throat and aching limbs might be a sufficient basis upon which to decide that one is ill. However, if the previous evening had been spent drinking rather too much alcohol after a hectic afternoon playing sport, then one might not be so sure. A different example might be the discovery that ...

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